Texas-born tenor Joseph Dennis studied at New York's Juilliard School and has won numerous awards, including the top prize in the Gerda Lissner Foundation Competition. After winning the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, many engagements in the United States followed, including roles such as Boris/ Katja Kabanowa at Seattle Opera, Des Grieux in the Emmy award-winning production of Manon, and also as Števa/ Jenůfa at Des Moines Metro Opera and at the Spoleto Festival in the world premiere of Huang Ruos' Paradise Interrupted (in original Mandarin). Further engagements followed as Alfredo/ Traviata at Memphis Opera, Duca/ Rigoletto at North Carolina Opera, Edgardo/ Lucia di Lammermoor at Virginia Opera and Governor/ Candide with Warsaw Philharmonic and Tamino/ Magic Flute at Central City Opera.

He quickly attracted attention in Europe as well and started his career directly as an ensemble member at the Vienna State Opera where he sang Tamino, Italian Singer/ Rosenkavalier, Nick/ La fanciulla del West, Jaquino/ Fidelio, Brighella/ Ariadne auf Naxos, Hugo in Lortzing's Undine and covered many important roles such as Alfredo/ La traviata, the title role in Werther and Ernesto in Don Pasquale.

Since 2018, Joseph Dennis has been a member of the soloist ensemble at the Semperoper Dresden, where he can be heard regularly in roles such as Tamino, Lenski, Belmonte, Don Ottavio, Ferrando, Steuermann/ Der fliegende Holländer. Last season 21-22 he was also heard as Baron Kronthal in Lortzings' Wildschütz and Walther von der Vogelweide in Tannhäuser. In summer 22' he also made guest appearances as Alfredo/ Traviata at the Israeli Opera in Tel Aviv and as Tamino at the North Carolina Opera.

His concert repertoire includes works from the Baroque to the present day. He has also performed very successfully in recitals at the Vienna State Opera and most recently at the Semperoper Dresden.

In the 2022/23 season at his home opera house in Dresden, he will be heard as Count Elemer/ Arabella and Kunz Vogelgesang/ Meistersinger under Christian Thielemann, among others, as well as Ismaele/ Nabucco. His debuts in new productions with the youthful heroic tenor roles as Ritter Hugo von Ringstetten in Albert Lortzing's Undine are eagerly awaited at the Leipzig Opera and at the Prague National Theater, where he will sing Wenzel Strapinski in Zemlinsky's Kleider machen Leute. For the next season, his debut at the Washington National Opera is already firmly scheduled.


General management

Artist Manager
Boris Orlob
Managing Director 
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Natascha van Randenborgh
Associate Director 
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Repertoire Concert

Bach, J.S. Magnificat
  St. Matthew Passion (Arias)
Beethoven 9th Symphony
  Missa Solemnis
 Berlioz Lélio
Britten Serenade for tenor horn and strings
  War Requiem
Dubois The Seven Last Words of Christ
Dvorak Requeim
Händel Messiah
Haydn The Creation
  The Seasons
Mahler Das Lied von der Erde
Mozart Davide penitente
  Grand Messa in C minor
Puccini Messa di Gloria
Respighi Laud to the Nativity
Verdi Requiem
Vaughan Williams Hodie
  On Wenlock Edge
  Serenade to Music

Repertoire Opera

Beethoven Fidelio Jacquino
Bellini I Capuleti e i Montecchi Tebaldo
Berlioz Béatrice et Bénédict Bénédict
Bizet Carmen Don Jose
  Les pêcheurs de perles Nadir
Copeland The Tender Land Martin
Donizetti Don Pasquale Ernesto
  L’elisir d’amore Nemorino
  Lucia di Lammermoor Edgardo
  Lucrezia Borgia Gennaro
  Maria Stuarda Roberto
Floyd, Carlisle Susannah Sam
Gluck Iphigénie en Aulide Achille
  Iphigénie en Tauride Pylades
Gounod Faust Faust
  Roméo et Juliette Roméo 
Huang, Ruo Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Sun Yat-Sen
Janacek Jenufa Steva
  Katya Kabanova Boris
Lehar Das Land des Lächelns Prince Sou Chong
  Die lustige Witwe Camille
Lortzing Der Wildschütz Baron Kronthal
  Undine Hugo
Mascagni L’amico Fritz Fritz
Massenet Manon Des Grieux
  Werther Werther
Mozart Così fan tutte Ferrando
  Die Entführung aus dem Serail Belmonte
  Die Zauberflöte Tamino
  Don Giovanni Don Ottavio
  La clemenza di Tito Tito
Offenbach Les contes d’Hoffmann Hoffmann
Strauss, J. Die Fledermaus Alfred
Strauss, R. Arabella Elemer
  Capriccio Flamand
  Rosenkavalier Ein Sänger
  Salome Narraboth
Stravinsky The Rake’s Progress Tom Rakewell
Tchaikovsky  Eugene Onegin Lensky
Verdi Falstaff Fenton
  La traviata Alfredo
  Macbeth Macduff
  Rigoletto  Duke of Mantua
Wagner Das Rheingold  Froh
  Der fliegende Holländer  Erik
  Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg David
  Lohengrin Lohengrin
  Tannhäuser  Walther von der Vogelweide
Weber Der Freischütz  Max
  Oberon Oberon
Weill Street Scene Sam


Trio for a magic opera in Leipzig
New start at the Leipzig Opera: Music Director Christoph Gedschold conducts the eagerly awaited premiere of the rarely performed opera UNDINE by Albert Lortzing. He is very well supported by the tenors Joseph Dennis in the role of the knight Hugo von Ringstetten and Dan Karlström as Veit. The staging is by Tilmann Köhler. Premiere: Saturday 29.10.2022
Further performance dates: November 4th/11th/23rd/27th. and 06/10/2023 and 07/07/2023
Unfortunately, due to illness, Joseph Dennis will not be able to return until November 4th. to sing his first performance.

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